Now that you replaced your old shampoo and conditioner for better cruelty-free and vegan options, what’s next? Did you know that there are tons of vegan solutions when it comes to hair color? We guide and show you the top cruelty-free and vegan hair dye brands for beautiful hair color.
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Let’s face it, nothing replaces a professional hair colorist! Only they know the secrets to perfectly color hair, give them intensity while keeping hair’s natural look and feel. Besides the technical expertise, they simply know the right products to use. But professional or not, we all know most of hair dye products contain chemicals that can harmful to our health and to the planet.
Unfortunately, unless you’re using henna, hair dye products can’t do their job properly without certain chemicals. Knowing that, make sure they don’t contain the harsh ones (PDP, Amonia, …) and they are cruelty-free (i.e. have not been tested on animals.
Back in the days, it was not easy to find a quality hair color brand that would fit our expectations, in respect of our values. Thankfully, more and more brands move to cruelty-free and vegan solutions. You want insane and crazy colors? Or something more natural looking? Here are our top rated vegan hair dye brands.
Semi-Permanent Hair Dye for Fashioni-Star
Founders of Manic Panic, the Bellomo Sisters have been America’s pioneers in hair color and punk rock style, and have been at the forefront of animal rights since childhood. Certified by PETA, the Manic Panic products have won multiple awards and are used by Hollywood celebrities. Discover all of Manic Panic’s vegan hair dye products on Amazon.
“I am a manic panic loyalist. I'll be real. I've mainly used this dye for half a decade at this point, and I'm obsessed with the results every time. It lasts long and never fails to deliver just the right color! It's the most stress-free dye I've ever used.”SydVerified Purchase
Permanent Hair Color for Natural Color
Herbatint proposes permanent vegan hair colors formulated with vegetal extracts, without ammonia. Born 40 years ago, the brand claims to be the most natural alternative of permanent coloring. Herbatint is not tested on animals, certified by PETA and registered with the UK Vegan Society. Discover all of Herbatint’s vegan hair dye solutions on Amazon.
“I will always buy this product. I have been using it for years. This is perfect for covering grays! Please use proper caution when using the product so that it doesn't get on your clothing.”Just BecauseVerified Purchase
Permanent Hair Dye for Natural enhancement
For 20 years, Naturtint has been committed to providing a healthier choice in hair dye products by using more vegetal extracts and natural ingredients, but fewer chemicals. Discover all of Naturtint’s cruelty-free hair dye products on Amazon.
“Not being able to use the store brands with so many chemicals, finding Naturtint was magnificent...I have used Naturtint in a number colors for a number of years. I love how I can layer the colors without having to strip and start over...The color covers and lasts...”Amazon CustomerVerified Purchase
The Henna Guys
Permanent Hair Dye from Mother Nature
The Henna Guys sources the finest quality ingredients from ethical producers all around the world to enhance the natural hair beauty. 0 chemicals, 0 metallic salts, only plant-based hair dye products. Discover all of The Henna Guys’ vegan hair dyes on Amazon.
“Let me say that I tried this henna dye on myself (...) and on my sister who has lighter brown hair (and uses regular shampoo). This is hands down WAY better than the Lush one. For one, it is SOO much easier to use! It comes in the powder so I didn't have to grate it down first. I felt like it was less messier too.”Amazon CustomerVerified Purchase
Semi-Permanent Hair Dye for Influencers
Arctic Fox‘s hair color is long-lasting dye designed to fade within the gorgeous tones you want. Artic Fox products are formulated with all-natural ingredients that contain no harsh chemicals. The company also actively participates in preventing cruelty towards animals and educating the public on how they can get involved. Discover all of Arctic Fox’s vegan hair dye products on Amazon.
“I have used this product now twice on both of my daughters. Different colors (pink and blue). Both of my daughters have brown hair. I didn’t expect much because their hair is not bleached, but it turned out great on both of them! Not super bright but definitely noticeable and they are very happy! I LOVE that the dye is SO gentle to the hair. You can leave it on for hours and “cook” it with a dryer and it never damages the hair.”StacyCVerified Purchase
Semi-Permanent Hair Dye for Dryer Hair
Iroiro‘s semi-permanent hair dye contains natural ingredients like organic coconut oil and natural Yuzu-cranberry fragrance. Instead of using conventional plastic bottles or jars, Iroiro reduced 70% of their carbon footprint by using eco-pouches. Discover all of Iroiro’s vegan hair dye products on Amazon.
“Love it! it stains really well! Worth every penny. No allergic reactions as I have had with other brands, the pack lasted me lasts ages and fades out nicely on my hair. Colour results will vary for each person. I always mix it with my conditioner. I add oils as well. Coconut and grapeseed are my favs. After I rinse the colour out, I condition my hair again for 5mins with ORS Olive oil replenishing conditioner.”AamVerified Purchase
Semi-Permanent Hair Color for All-in-One Experience
Based in Seattle, Lunar Tides specializes in one-of-a-kind semi-permanent hair color brand. No need for developers, pastelizers, or other add-ons, just pick the color you want, and it’s ready to go right out of the jar. Discover all of Lunar Tides’ vegan hair dye products on Amazon.
“Love this color and as it fades the color lightens but still looks beautiful. I’ve had some that fade to weird colors. The first couple weeks I did have a lot of color come off on pillows and towels but worth it for how long the color lasts.”Amanda KlishVerified Purchase
Semi-Permanent Hair Dye for Unicorn
Founded by visionary Doe Deere in 2008, Lime Crime claims to do beauty differently and design products (experiences) that make you unique. Certified vegan and cruelty-free brand by both PETA and Leaping Bunny. Discover all of Lime Crime’s vegan hair dye products on Amazon.
“I wasn't sure what to expect with this color as it isn't one I'd normally get. I have been using countless of burgundy shades and box brand, and this is probably the second time I achieve the color I have been desperately trying to achieve.”TriniVerified Purchase
Gender-Neutral DIY Hair Dye Kit
Splat develops bold, expressive semi-permanent hair color solutions for both men and women and supports many non-profit initiatives. Discover all of Splat’s vegan hair dye products on Amazon.
“Splat never fails to always give long lasting color and super pigmentation. It is a bit of a mess as it stains everything BUT the color tends to last a couple months on my prelightnened hair.”larayne morrisVerified Purchase on Amazon
Conventional Hair Dyes & Harsh Chemicals
As mentioned in this article, a hair dye product cannot really be effective without certain chemicals. Both permanent or semi-permanent dyes often contain hydrogen peroxide, ammonia, lead acetates and paraphenylenediamine (PPDA). But as a rule of thumb, the more permanent, the harsher chemicals are. Although researchers are studying the possible long-term effects of hair dyes, many of the studies conducted so far have been incomplete. Potential side-effects could go from allergies to cancers and endocrine issues. That’s why we recommend using hair dyes, even vegan, very carefully.
As an alternative to regular hair dye products, you can try 100% natural vegan hair dyes. If you damaged your hair using bleaching products, please read carefully our guide on the best vegan products to heal bleached hair damage.